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Georgy

Guangzhou-Shanghai on a China Southern Airlines Airbus A380

22.10.2014 г. Georgy
Writing a new review on a domestic flight within China, from Guangzhou to Shanghai. The flight took place 3/9/2013 courtesy of China Southern Airlines, a member of the SkyTeam alliance. Flight number CZ 3571, departure at 2:45 PM.

I arrived 3 hours ahead of schedule to check in (I selected my seat when booking the ticket).

The waiting area for domestic departures in Baiyun Airport. The China Southern Airlines business lounge is located on the second floor.
Guangzhou airport
Guangzhou airport

Our plane was parked right outside!
Airbus A380 of China Southern Airlines at the Guangzhou airport

Boarding gate 15. There were queues for economy-class passengers and for Sky Priority members.
Guangzhou airport
Guangzhou airport

About 45 minutes before departure we began boarding shuttles. When entering the shuttle, each passenger received a ticket, which they then had to turn over to a police officer when boarding the plane.
Guangzhou airport


Approaching the goliath:
Airbus A380 of China Southern Airlines at the Guangzhou airport
Airbus A380 of China Southern Airlines

Powerful Rolls Royce turbines:
Airbus A380 of China Southern Airlines
Airbus A380 of China Southern Airlines
Airbus A380 of China Southern Airlines

Massive chassis and fuselage:
Airbus A380 of China Southern Airlines
Airbus A380 of China Southern Airlines

First class cabin, of which I only have one blurry photo, as access there is restricted during the flight.
Passenger cabin of Airbus A380 China Southern Airlines

The lower deck is split into first and economy class, while the upper deck is divided into business and economy class.
Passenger cabin of Airbus A380 China Southern Airlines
Passenger cabin of Airbus A380 China Southern Airlines

I was on the upper deck, seat 76H.
Passenger cabin of Airbus A380 China Southern Airlines

The economy-class seats were very comfortable, with fabric upholstery. The headrests could be adjusted for height.
Passenger cabin of Airbus A380 China Southern Airlines
Passenger cabin of Airbus A380 China Southern Airlines

The rows were widely spaced. There were tons of leg room.
Passenger cabin of Airbus A380 China Southern Airlines

Each seat was equipped with an entertainment system.
Passenger cabin of Airbus A380 China Southern Airlines
Inflight entertainment of Airbus A380 China Southern Airlines

There were lots of movies, games and music to choose from. Or if none of those were to your taste, you could always just watch the flight information.
Inflight entertainment of Airbus A380 China Southern Airlines
Inflight entertainment of Airbus A380 China Southern Airlines

Between the seat and the window there was stowage for carry-on. Very convenient.
Passenger cabin of Airbus A380 China Southern Airlines
Passenger cabin of Airbus A380 China Southern Airlines

Large windows, which kept drawing my eye and inviting me to look out.
Window of Airbus A380 China Southern Airlines
Window of Airbus A380 China Southern Airlines

The luggage racks were likewise spacious.
Passenger cabin of Airbus A380 China Southern Airlines

The warning lights, which notified passengers when to buckle their seatbelts and reminded them not to smoke.
Passenger cabin of Airbus A380 China Southern Airlines
Passenger cabin of Airbus A380 China Southern Airlines

The stairs to the upper deck are located in the tail end of the plane, which lead to a hallway and an employee-only area for the flight attendants.
Passenger cabin of Airbus A380 China Southern Airlines
Passenger cabin of Airbus A380 China Southern Airlines
Passenger cabin of Airbus A380 China Southern Airlines

They allowed me to take some photos of the business-class cabin.
Business class cabin of Airbus A380 China Southern Airlines
Business class cabin of Airbus A380 China Southern Airlines
Business class cabin of Airbus A380 China Southern Airlines

The restrooms were in pristine condition. It featured a large flush button, sensor-activated taps, hand cream, and moisturizer spray for the face.
Restroom of Airbus A380 China Southern Airlines
Restroom of Airbus A380 China Southern Airlines
Restroom of Airbus A380 China Southern Airlines

Magazines and earphones were available in the seat pockets.




The food was great. Though the flight was only an hour and thirty five minutes, a hot meal was provided. Second helpings were provided readily. I asked for a pastry to go with my tea.




Taxiing and takeoff were very smooth.

Airbus A380 of China Southern Airlines taking off the Guangzhou airport

In flight.
Airbus A380 of China Southern Airlines at the Guangzhou airport

Takeoff was delayed by 45 minutes, all of which time we spent sitting on the plane. The flight was about 1:35 long. I nevertheless had the most stellar impressions of the level of service and comfort. Anyone who gets the chance to make a trip on this giant plane, take it: you won't regret it. Too bad that this wasn't a long-distance flight. I'd really love to experience this "bird" on a long trip!

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morrow

One hour and a half domestic route on A380? This is only in China smile:) Never saw that big plane parked on the field with passengers arriving on buses. It's very uncommon. Thanks for some interesting pics & info!

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GSinLV

Nice review. I've flown the CSA A380 Guang-LAX, but only downstairs. Looking forward to next month when we have Economy upstairs.

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